Happy 4th!

Hi everyone, and happy 4th of July! I hope that everybody has a great 4th, and that many of you shooting off the fireworks are safe, and for crying out loud…keep your digits intact! This weeks blog post centers around an engagement session Eric Pensenstadler, of Video Horizons LLC, and I shot for our awesome clients on Sunday. I probably don’t post wedding and engagement photo shoots as much as I should but I wanted to share this weeks behind the scenes blog and 1 of their final shots. Our location for the shoot was Raccoon Creek State Park in Beaver County. As we were making our way through the park focusing on some more traditional style engagement portraits, a crazy idea popped in my head. I mentioned that I thought it would be super cool to photograph a couple underneath the small waterfall that was there. I felt that the water splashing and dripping all over would create a very unique look. Dana and Matt hesitated at first, then agreed that they also liked the idea! Both were fully clothed in their engagement threads and I was totally surprised that they agreed to hop under the falls. I explained to them that it was a 1 shot deal and that I may not be able to pull off the crisp shot that I was looking to get. They understood and agreed to doing it anyhow. I love working with an adventurous couple! Unbeknownst to me, as Eric was directing the reflector light onto them, he was also taking sneaky spy footage and photos of me at work. Below...

Not Just Photography Anymore

Happy Monday everyone, I missed writing my blog post last week. Sorry to all who consistently keep up with my happenings, but last week was an ultra busy week. This week I wanted to officially announce my 50% ownership in 77 Design Co! Along with Drakulic Photography LLC, I will also be helping my partner, Rob Hoffman, run the day to day operations for 77 Design Co. Its an exciting new chapter for both of us, and our #1 goal is to help small (or large) businesses better succeed in marketing themselves, and getting their company’s visual message out to the world. All of the things we can offer help with include: photography/videography/aerial logo and graphic design web design blog writing/research TV commercials all print marketing materials (flyers, business cards, brochures, signage etc) mailers managing social media accounts and SEO help setting up review platforms consulting We also love to utilize our expertise with a variety of visual arts to create images that attract more customers to our clients’ businesses. Whether its a photograph, video clip, or an attractive design image, an eye catching picture leaves a huge psychological impression on the audience viewing a business’s materials. The written word can be powerful, but the well written word accompanied with attractive images get you noticed much more. I’ll continue the Drakulic Photography LLC blog as consistently as possible but will also be regularly promoting our new sister company…77 Design Co! Even though I will be diligently working behind the scenes on the 77 Design Co stuff over the next several months, my heart will still always be with photography...

Continuous Personal Project

Hola Amigos, This week I wanted to follow up a little on last weeks blog, Why I Do What I Do. Last week I discussed how I got started, what led me to photography, and why I do it. This week, I’ll discuss 1 personal project that I’ve been working on for years. Doors is a project that I’ve been quietly working on in the background for many years, probably over 6 or 7 years now. This is a project where I’ve been accumulating symmetrical deadpan photos of random doors from all over the country. These door photographs range from dilapidated abandoned home doors, to elaborately ornate church doors and everything in between. There are commercial building doors, multi-million dollar mansion doors, interior doors, garages, historic American buildings, decorative gate doors and many more. Pretty much any door that catches my eye with a splash of color or intricacy I add to the project. In this body of work, I’d have to say that so far I’ve captured close to 1000 differing doors from all over the country. There are doors from a variety of different states. Washington, Oregon, Maine, Massachusetts, Louisiana, and Florida are just some of the 25 or so states that I’ve snapped door photos from. A lot of these doors are also adorned with different holiday decorations and almost every holiday season is represented in this project too. Once I decide I’ve got enough photos, the goal is to layer and laminate a large door sized color corrected archival print onto a real door for exhibition display. Each door image will be wallet sized on the print...

The Weekly Blog-Why I Do What I Do

Hello fellow humans! This weeks blog is a bit personal and quite frankly, the very reasons HOW and WHY I got into photography and decided to make a career of it. Years ago, when I was just a young pup at the ripe age of 21, I began my adult life by obtaining a CDL and driving a truck over the road. At the time, this seemed like the thing to do as I had never attended college and wasn’t fully aware of where I was heading in life. I also figured this would be a good way to keep me from spending too much time in bars or clubs with my friends (because, come on…I was 21!) During my escapades on the road, I always carried a disposable 35 mm camera with me in hopes to photographically document my travels. Yes, for any younglings reading, this was before cell phones and cell phone cameras. Driving a truck is really what led me into photography as weird as that sounds, but I’ll explain. As I got to see the country for the first time through a 21 year olds eyes, I traveled throughout all 48 states and also Canada and Mexico. At first this was fun, and believe me I met some interesting characters along the way! I was also at Clint Eastwoods’ house in Carmel, California! The other driver I was with was good friends with him and wanted to introduce me to him during our time off…unfortunately, Clint was away in Australia at the time 🙁  Anyhow, as I travelled I took photographs…lots of them. When I would...

This Weeks Blog-What’s in the Bag for a Photo Shoot?

Hi all, Todays blog is a simple little informative read for those who may have wondered, “what all does the photographer bring with them to a shoot?” The answers will vary from one photographer to another and it will also depend on the type of photo shoot. From my end, I will say that I always bring my camera bag which contains 8 lenses, 2 camera bodies, 8 memory cards, 4 battery chargers, 4 batteries, lens cleaning supplies, a few lens filters, and the Holy Grail for photographers…the camera manual. I also carry an additional bag with 1 body and 2 lenses plus a few other things, but this almost always just stays in my truck. The lenses are 1 of the main ingredients in creating great images. From the photo below, I showed just 4 of the lenses I normally use. The 2 lenses with the red lines are considered Canon “L-lenses” and are pretty expensive higher end glass. For the life of me I still cannot figure out why some lenses are so costly. I mean, c’mon, they are mostly just glass and plastic! Either way, I regularly use 2-zoom lenses, 2-wide angles (1-ultra wide,) a prime portrait lens, and a prime macro lens, for those finer detailed close up shots. I’ll also bring a large Speedlite flash unit, a reflector (to kick back some light at my subject if needed,) and my tripod, which I never leave home without. If it is a corporate shoot things can get much more extensive. You may be required to bring additional soft box lighting systems and/or strobes, light stands,...

This Week-Portraits

Hi all, This week has been purely insane! So much is happening on multiple fronts, it’s hard to keep it all together. I’m doing my best though, and it’s better to be busy than to be sitting around twiddling my thumbs. I feel as if I’m working 24 hours/day…oh, wait, I kind of am! During this chaotic week, I managed to get in quite a few shoots. One of these shoots included last minute head shots that will be going directly to NBC, and perhaps the IMDB, for a newly found local actress. I’ll discuss more on that in the future. Also, I had an interesting senior portrait session that you can view below. Saturday will be another portrait session with returning clients, and there’s also a boat load of marketing work to get to as well with 77 Design Co. Occasionally, a few times a year, I’ll accept a couple senior portrait sessions. Although I focus mainly on commercial & marketing photography now, the occasional portrait session is fun to break up the monotony. This week I had the pleasure of photographing Christian, a young man who is a local volunteer fireman. Christian comes from a long lineage of firemen, and he loves what he does in order to help people. He said that he knew he wanted to be a fireman since he witnessed an accident at the age of 7. He was eager to show me around the station and explain some of the things he does. Christian also wants to join the military after high school but is undecided on which branch just yet. He is...
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